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BC-CO--Colorado News Digest, CO

May 23, 2019

Colorado at 5:15 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MISSING WOMAN-COLORADO

CRIPPLE CREEK _ A Colorado man accused of murdering his fiance and mother of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter is expected to enter a plea to the charges Friday. Investigators have said a girlfriend told them Patrick Frazee beat Kelsey Berreth to death with a bat before burning her body.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

MASS SHOOTING THREAT

PROVO, Utah — A man who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill “as many girls as I see” in retaliation for years of romantic rejection was sentenced Thursday to up to five years in prison. Judge Christine Johnson’s decision to keep Christopher W. Cleary, 27, of Denver, behind bars in Utah went against a recommendation from Cleary’s attorney and prosecutors to sentence him to probation so he could be returned to Colorado to serve prison time there for probation violations. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 720 words, photos.

OF COLORADO INTEREST:

ENDANGERED WOLVES-ILLEGAL KILLINGS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests of North Carolina has plunged to fewer than three dozen in recent years — the most precarious position of any U.S. wolf species. By Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,150 words, photos and video.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLORADO-CENSUS _ Colorado plans to spend $6 million to prevent a potential undercount in the state during next year’s census.

_ INSULIN-COLORADO _ People with diabetes in Colorado won’t have pay more than $100 a month for insulin under a new law.

_ CONVICTION VACATED-NEW CHARGES _ A Colorado man freed from prison early after being sentenced to more than 300 years for child sex assault is now facing federal charges.

_ CLIMBER DEATH _ Authorities have identified the Minnesota man who died while rock climbing in Colorado.

_ BP SPILLS-COLORADO _ BP America Production Co. has been fined $68,000 for three spills of an oil and gas byproduct in southwestern Colorado.

_ INMATE DEATH-COLORADO JAIL _ Authorities say a man died hours after he was booked into a jail in southwestern Colorado.

_ FINANCIAL MARKETS-BOARD OF TRADE _ Wheat for July was off 2.50 cents at 4.7025 a bushel; July corn fell 4.75 cents at 3.8975 a bushel; July oats lost 5.75 cents at $3.0450 bushel; while July soybeans dropped 7 cents at $8.2150 a bushel.

SPORTS:

ALL-NBA

NEW YORK — Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker were also big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced. Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were announced Thursday. LeBron James also was voted to the third team, tying the NBA record with his 15th All-NBA selection. Rounding out the first team were Stephen Curry, Paul George and Nikola Jokic, who was Denver’s first All-NBA selection since Carmelo Anthony in 2010. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 450 words, photos.

ROCKIES-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — After scoring just three runs in the first two games of their series with the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense broke out in a big way on Thursday, setting new season highs for runs scored and margin of victory in a 14-6 win. The offensive explosion was needed after the Rockies came back from an 8-0 deficit with a six-run sixth to make things interesting. But Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds and Starling Marte all homered in the seventh to lead the Pirates to victory. By Alan Saunders. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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